How To Bring More Mindfulness Into Your Diet
In honor of Healthy Weight Week, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on our relationship with food. There’s no denying the importance of healthy eating – including when we eat, why we eat, and how we eat. And by how we eat, I’m talking about mindfulness.
Mindful eating essentially means deliberate eating. It’s bringing intention and awareness into the present. When you’re mindful about food, you allow the meal to be enjoyed.
When was the last time you sat down and truly enjoyed your meal?
Research shows that how we eat is just as important as what we eat.
“Most of us have too much chaos going on in our lives to consciously focus on every bite we eat, and then ask ourselves if we’re full,” according to Brian Wansink, world-renowned eating behavior expert, and author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. “The secret is to change your environment so it works for you rather than against you.”
This means no tempting food in the pantry, and using plates and bowls to keep your portions under control. Also, studies show we’re more likely to consume more calories eating in front of the TV, so your best bet is to eat at the table.
How do we bring mindfulness into eating?
- Engage every one of your senses while you eat: smell, taste, sight and texture.
- Chew each bite slowly and thoroughly.
- Experience your food without criticism. Notice what you think of while you’re chewing.
To put it simply, slow down and take time to reconnect with yourself. Start to enjoy the experience of eating by chewing slowly and savoring the flavors.
Mindful eating can also help with weight loss
If you’re more conscientious about exploring food with your five senses, you’ll be more aware of what kinds and how much food you’re putting into your body. By bringing your full attention and intention to eating, you’ll be less likely to overdo it.
I hope you join me in eating healthier this week! Let’s take the first step together, and start paying attention to every bite. Let’s be more mindful of what we eat, savoring not only the food, but also the experience.